Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

Ph.D. Program in Mathematics Education - Admissions Process

The following items must be submitted to 2200 Graduate Admissions, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-2200:

    1. completed application, and check for $40 application fee (on-line application available at
    2. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    3. general GRE scores (at least 500 on the verbal and at least 600 on the quantitative). These scores must not be more than 4 years old.
    4. international students, a TOEFL score (at least 215, computer version; 550 otherwise)
  1. The following items must be submitted to the Ph.D. Coordinator, Department of Mathematics, Campus Box 4520, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4520:
    1. Personal resume.
    2. at least three letters of recommendation (forms DoctoralRecommendation.pdf ).
    3. Statement describing teaching experience.
    4. Statement describing professional goals.
    5. Description of coursework in mathematics and mathematics education as requested by the Department.

Generally, all of this material must be received before the application will be considered. Because the Department will be requesting information about coursework, it is important that the applicant be in contact with the Ph D Coordinator during the application process.

Entrance Expectations

Most students enter the doctoral program after earning a master's degree. Individuals wishing to focus on elementary-middle school levels will enter the program with teaching experience at these levels and will have specialization in mathematics at the undergraduate level, including collegiate coursework in calculus, algebra, and geometry.

Other persons will most likely have secondary school teaching experience and an undergraduate degree in mathematics education or mathematics.


The thirteen faculty in Mathematics Education comprise a strong group with a high national and international reputation. Faculty members are active in state and national professional organizations, serving in a wide range of responsibilities. Their expertise includes international and national assessment, the teaching and learning of algebra, technology, geometry, curriculum design, teachers' decision making, teacher education, and problem solving covering the whole K--12 range.

Financial Support

Assistantships involving teaching, research, and curriculum design are available. Departmental stipends are currently $1345 per month with tuition waived. (Students will still be expected to pay fees.)